University theses

Information on the collection is the collection of electronic Swiss university publications. It comprises dissertations and postdoctoral theses from Swiss universities.

The collection is currently under construction. At present, the following university libraries are submitting their electronic university publications to the Swiss National Library for long-term archiving.

Name Approximate
start of collection
Universitätsbibliothek Bern, Zentralbibliothek 1998
Universität St. Gallen, Bibliothek 1996
Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern 2005
Universitätsbibliothek Basel 2002
Bibliothèque universitaire Neuchâtel 2002
Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire Fribourg 2002
Università della Svizzera italiana Lugano 2002
Zentralbibliothek Zürich 2002
Bibliothèque de l'EPFL 2003
Université de Genève 2002
Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire Lausanne 2002

New data are regularly collected from the institutions three months after publication, and are processed, catalogued and placed in long-term archiving at the Swiss National Library.

Availability of the contents is governed by the stipulations of the individual institutions. University publications may be freely available, available subject to restrictions on the premises of the Swiss National Library, or blocked for all types of use.

The collection can be accessed via e-Helvetica Access. Availability is indicated by a traffic light system.

Submission recommendations

Empfehlungen für die Anlieferung von elektronischen Dissertationen an die Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek für die Langzeitarchivierung, Version 1.4, 10.2013 (in German) (PDF, 120 kB, 01.10.2013)This document contains the relevant information concerning the transfer of online university publications to the Swiss National Library. It lists technical recommendations for the transfer of documents, the format of digital objects and of metadata.

Standard XMetaDiss

XMetaDiss : Schweizer Ausgabe, Version 1.3, 5. Januar 2007 (in German) (PDF, 140 kB, 27.11.2007)XMetaDiss is the common exchange format for online university publications within Switzerland; it is used for submitting digital documents to the Swiss National Library (NL). It is also the format used to submit Swiss online university publications from the NL to the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. The Swiss edition describes the necessary elements for the use of Xmeta-Diss in Switzerland.
(This document is no longer updated)


MODS metadata model

MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema) is a metadata standard developed by the Library of Congress. MODS is based on an XML schema designed to describe bibliographic data. The MODS model can be used as a template to deliver the metadata accompanying electronic theses to the NL.

Agreement of the KUB

Elektronische Dissertationen in der Schweiz: KUB-Vereinbarung, überarbeitete Version, 8. Januar 2007 (in German) (PDF, 108 kB, 29.11.2007)The agreement of the Konferenz der Universitätsbibliotheken der Schweiz (KUB) describes and regulates the actions of Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences in the area of online university publications. Furthermore, the KUB issues recommendations concerning future actions of its members and their libraries regarding publishing rights and the modification of doctorate regulations.

Last modification 28.09.2016

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